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  • Modern dancing


  • Written by one of the most famous exhibition ballroom teams of the century, the manual covers a large variety of dances popular during the ragtime era, including the tango, one step, hesitation waltz, and maxixe. A large portion of the book is devoted to grace and etiquette, appropriate dance dresses for women, and music. Many photographs of the famous couple enhance the manual.


  • Castle, Vernon, 1887-1918
  • Castle, Irene, 1893-1969

Created / Published

  • New York : World Syndicate Co., c1914.


  • -  Ballroom dancing--Handbooks, manuals, etc
  • -  Dance Instruction and Technical Manuals


  • -  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as facsimile page images and full text.


  • 175 p., [5] leaves of plates : ill. ; 21 cm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • GV1746 .C35 1914

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 89108372

OCLC Number

  • 599355

Online Format

  • image

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The accompanying videos were produced by the Library of Congress. Note Video Performers for additional credits for video performers.

Credit Line: Library of Congress, Music Division.

Video Performers

Performers for the October 1997 Great Hall event: Dancers

Members of The Jonquil Street Foundation, Inc. Ariane Anthony, Thomas Baird, Barbara Barr, Patricia Beaman, Christopher Caines, Charles Garth, James Martin, Maris Wolff. Musicians - members of The Library of Congress Centennial Cotillion Brass Band, Emerson Head and Robert Sheldon, Leaders (Members, Metro Washington D.C. Federation of Musicians Local 161-710, AFM.)

Performers for the Coolidge Auditorium clips: Dancers

Cheryl Stafford and Thomas Baird. Musicians - Boris Gurevitch (piano), Susan Manus (violin).

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Chicago citation style:

Castle, Vernon, and Irene Castle. Modern Dancing. New York: World Syndicate Co, 1914. Image.

APA citation style:

Castle, V. & Castle, I. (1914) Modern Dancing. New York: World Syndicate Co. [Image] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Castle, Vernon, and Irene Castle. Modern Dancing. New York: World Syndicate Co, 1914. Image. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.